Okay I’ll admit, I’m kinda proud of this one.

Despite reading like the plot to a terrible spy movie, the trope of “it goes all the way to the TOP!” conspiracy theory is more real and disconcerting than many are comfortable thinking about. Not just confined to a country, nae, the world’s governments, there’s of course other threats to personal privacy and information in the form of hackers. Utilizing their skills plus discretely advertised botnet services, these individuals can potential pose a risk to the liberties of all internet denizens.

The ‘sock puppet’ is another technique reportedly employed by government agents to steer discourse as desired. Others, such as Tom MacMaster from University of Edinburgh, set up fake accounts to send strong political messages. His alias ‘Amina Arraf’ was created to ‘give his ideas credibility’. While not nefarious, his deceit calls into question many online personas and makes me question how ‘real’ some actually are.




  1. liv tartaro · October 20, 2016

    How is it that these hacker’s can get away with exposing private information but people who are notourious for doing this like Edward Snowden is supported. Is it because the content is important for citizens to know? General hackers are just correlating personal information from everyone just fun without any real aim in exposing important information for the public? Its interesting to think about these points when comparing different hacker groups. What are your thoughts?


    • Clancy Carr · October 20, 2016

      Well, it is absolutely vital to understand that most whistle blowers, such as Snowden, do what they do because they see their government concealing things that are morally and legally reprehensible. They don’t do it for any kind of personal gain, in fact they’re basically throwing away any chance of living a normal life ever again and risk being hated by their own country’s citizens who would prefer NOT to know their government’s could, perceivably, be spying on them at any time.

      I recommend watching the film ‘Snowden’ to get a good, cursory understanding of the man’s motivations and the extent to which the US government has the power to look at whatever they want with basically no repercussions:

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂


  2. sanjihan · October 20, 2016

    Hard to believe that people can create completely new identities so easily these days. Although regardless of the act that these people do, it gives new insight to their actions once you find out the reason for it.


  3. iremki · October 21, 2016

    Amongst all the cat memes and twitter wars the dark side of the internet is a scary place. The ease of being able to create fake identities as well as stealing identities is a rising concern. Even on a simpler level, fake Instagram accounts are quite predominant It doesn’t take a genius to have a fake identity which is why it becomes a problem in the complex land of the internet. A bit more context would have helped your post but overall I found the points you raised really interesting


    • Clancy Carr · October 21, 2016

      Wow, pretty crazy figures re: both bots and the inactive users. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Clare · October 21, 2016

    With a little more content I could see this blog post really going somewhere. I like the idea that you’ve used with the ‘creation’ of a brand new identity and how easy it is in the day and age that we are in today, it is crazy to think that within all this data that social media sites are claiming to have and are collecting how someone can possibly stay anonymous on there. Thoughts?

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  5. kaylaforsyth · October 21, 2016

    I love your meme, it really encapsulates your blog post message. You touched a few important topics here and it would have been helpful just to have provided a bit more detail to them. This was an interesting article a found about hackers and the sock puppet technique that may have been useful:

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  6. chachrisboyd · October 21, 2016

    Creative meme and you explored the issue of whistle-blowing nicely. However you could of utilized a few sources to further explain the consequences and implications this global issue can have. Overall a nice blog that is simple to follow.


  7. rebeccaneilson · October 21, 2016

    The inclusion of the meme at the start of your post really highlights the quote underneath it very well and it was a great piece to add. I, however, think that it would have been good to see more content in your blog post as I felt there wasn’t really enough there. You touched on a good idea and I think that all you have to do is expand it and make it relate back to your meme and you would have had a really great post.


  8. Clancy Carr · October 21, 2016

    Hi everyone, thanks for all the comments 🙂 A bit confused though, because I thought 150 words was the max for posts with some supplementary media (such as a meme)?


  9. Forbesy1408 · October 21, 2016

    I think that meme is awesome. It is starting to get that point where people always seem to be uncovering hidden truths in the government but we walk on that ethical line of how that information was discovered. All I know is that us as the public seem to have no idea what is actually going on and who is actually real. The fact that people have gone to the extents of creating unidentifiable accounts in order to do something like express a political opinion.

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    • Clancy Carr · October 21, 2016

      I think the end justifies the means regarding uncovering truths to do with spying covertly on all of society. Does it matter that the whistle-blower ‘broke the rules’ if the rules are in place just to fuck over the citizens?


  10. henrylongc · November 21, 2016

    Nice Meme, it fully fading in for the topic u gonna talk with:)


  11. Shirley · November 21, 2016

    Good meme used to start off with! A controller can master a large number of sock puppets so as to amplify comments and idea propaganda with an overall great effect. Besides using computer programming for generating the sock puppets, this type of cyber war is psychologically based mainly on psychological, while botnet employs more computer techniques and performs in a more mechanical way. Both are terrible.


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